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POEM Hiroshima

On August 6, 1945 the United States dropped the first atomic bomb ever on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. On Aug. 9, three days later, a second atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. More than 200,000 people were killed or injured in the immediate wake of the bombings.

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Scientists question N. Korea nuclear test

In an article recently published in the journal Science, noted scientific journalist Daniel Clery has raised serious questions about the actual nature of the May 25 underground explosion claimed by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea [North Korea] as a nuclear test, provoking worldwide condemnation. Clery points out that while the DPRK's first nuclear test in 2006 released traces of radioactive xenon gas detectable as far away as Canada, this time super-sensitive U.S. 'sniffer' planes overflying the zone could not detect so much as an atom of anomalous nuclear material.

Abraham Lincoln Brigade reunion to celebrate humanitarian legacy

The Lincoln Vets represent a life-long commitment to international humanitarianism. Less well known is that their work on behalf of the 500,000 refugees of the Spanish Civil War—like the Brigadistas, border crossers—helped lay the basis of refugee relief as we know it today.

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Disarmament advocates vs. U.S.-India nuclear deal

Peace and disarmament activists are warning that an agreement now before the Senate to let India buy nuclear fuel and technology from the United States for civilian purposes could make it easier for India to build more nuclear weapons. They say the pact also undermines the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty because it would let India participate in international nuclear trade even though it developed nuclear weapons outside the NPT framework and won’t sign the treaty.

Obama tackles war issue

The Obama campaign opened this week with a focus on the Iraq war, despite the claims of pundits who insist the war is John McCain's strongest point.

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Cuba Caravanistas Do Dallas

DALLAS, TX – We are one of the cities where routes converge for the dozens of Americans heading for Laredo, Texas, then to revolutionary Cuba. On June 27, 41 of them came to Munger Place United Methodist Church from Little Rock, Oklahoma City, Albuquerque, and Denver.

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Largest Veterans Day parade goes to Phoenix

The Veterans Day parade in Phoenix, Ariz., claims to be the largest in the country. It certainly was long and well attended.

EDITORIAL: War on Iran? Dj vu

We cannot allow the Bush administration to use the “war on terrorism” or its brand of “democracy” as an excuse to attack Iran, whether with sanctions or military force.

Iraqis condemn U.S. colonialism

President Bush plans to ask Congress for $50 billion this month to continue funding the Iraq war, the Washington Post reports. But meanwhile, Iraqi Communists charge, “The Americans are doing everything they can to prevent Iraqis from exercising their right to self-determination.”

UN says Gaza Strip facing economic collapse

UNITED NATIONS — The Gaza Strip is in danger of a general economic collapse, said a high level UN official, unless Karni crossing, the main point of entry for commercial goods into the territory, is reopened soon.

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